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Woman's Body Taken For Cremation In Garbage Van

Shamli. A woman in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday when her body was taken for cremation in a municipal garbage van.

According to her brother Prabhas Sarkar, 65-year-old Balamati had been unwell for months in her home in West Bengal.

"The doctors said she had a brain haemorrhage," he said.

Since she had no one to take care of her, Prabhas brought her to his place in Jalalabad town in Shamli district late last month. But he could not save her and she died on Saturday evening. After trying for hours on Sunday to find three others who could help him carry her body for cremation, Prabhas called the municipal corporation.

He said even though his sister had not died of COVID-19, neighbours were very afraid of the infection to offer any kind of help.

Finally, the municipality sent a garbage van to take her body for cremation. A photo clicked by a witness of the incident has been widely shared on social media and messaging platforms.

Prabhas, who runs a small homoeopathic clinic in Jalalabad, said he did not file a complaint because there was nothing else to be done.

Jasjit Kaur, DM Shamli, said she had ordered an investigation into the incident.